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Chavez’s Body To Be Permanently Displayed, Venezuela’s Vice President Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 8, 2013

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s acting president says Hugo Chavez’s embalmed body will be permanently displayed in a glass casket so that “his people will always have him.”

Vice President Nicolas Maduro says the remains will be put on permanent display at the Museum of the Revolution, close to the presidential palace where Chavez ruled for 14 years. Maduro says the president will lie in state first for at least another seven days.

A state funeral for Chavez attended by some 33 heads of government is scheduled to begin Friday morning. Tens of thousands have already filed past his glass-topped casket at a military academy following a seven-hour procession on Tuesday which took his body from the hospital where he died.

Other world leaders whose bodies are on display

World leaders whose bodies have been preserved and put on perpetual display, as Venezuela’s government plans to do with Hugo Chavez:

VLADIMIR LENIN: Body of Soviet Union’s founder has been displayed since January 1924 in a mausoleum at Red Square. His tomb is one of Moscow’s most famous symbols and Communists consider it almost a shrine. The embalmment for display is considered the model for subsequent Communist world leaders put on exhibit. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Myth of Chinese Efficiency

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 3, 2012

image: Pedestrians stand before heavy traffic at an intersection in Beijing. The US embassy which has its own pollution measuring system, and which rates anything over 150 as unhealthy, was showing an index of 403, or 'hazardous' on this particular day.

Pedestrians stand before heavy traffic at an intersection in Beijing. The US embassy which has its own pollution measuring system, and which rates anything over 150 as unhealthy, was showing an index of 403, or ‘hazardous’ on this particular day.

Many people in the U.S. and Europe believe China is a model of modern transport and political effectiveness. They should try to live here.

On the road to Beijing’s international airport the other day, I noticed dark clouds moving in on the horizon. My stress level immediately spiked. Flight delays have become almost the norm here in Beijing, even on the brightest of days; a little rain would certainly spell trouble. As the drops began to splat on the windshield, I had dispiriting visions of getting stuck in Beijing and missing my connecting flight in Hong Kong — and my next deadline for TIME with it. My fears were confirmed when I arrived at the gate, where the departure time came and went. Though the sun had peeked through the clouds, the damage had already been done. Read the rest of this entry »

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London’s Loss? Why Hosting the Olympics Is Bad Business

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 26, 2012

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London has plans for the Olympic Stadium once the Games are over. But many cities fail to figure out what to do with massive venues after the world’s athletes leave.

On Oct. 2, 2009, the entire country of Brazil threw a party. After a bidding process that lasted more than two years, the International Olympic Committee announced that Rio de Janeiro had won the right to hold the 2016 Summer Olympics, beating out Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo. As Brazil’s Olympic representatives celebrated in Copenhagen, crowds in Rio danced and hugged and shot confetti into the air.

But if Brazilians took a look at the financial troubles that Olympic Games almost always get their host cities into, they wouldn’t have celebrated. In fact, they would’ve been smarter not to have competed to host the Games at all.

(MORE: Welcome to London 2012: We Apologize for the Delays in Your Journey) Read the rest of this entry »

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Giant Mushroom Cloud In Beijing (VIDEO) (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 18, 2012


A mushroom-like cloud was spotted over Beijing earlier this week, closely resembling the explosion of an atomic bomb, reports China Daily.

Now, footage of the mysterious cloud has been released on YouTube. One shows raw video of the haze taken from what appears to be a high-rise building, while anothervideo is an edited version documenting the haze on June 14.

The yellow and green haze led Chinese authorities to advise residents to stay inside Monday, according to Agence France-Presse.

While rumors swarmed online about the cause of the unusual cloud, Chinese police arrested two internet users who said the pollution had been triggered by a chlorine leak at a chemical plant or an explosion at a steel refinery, notes The Economic Observer.

Meanwhile, government authorities told the Xinhua news agency straw burning was the cause and denied there had been any industrial accidents.

Air pollution is increasingly becoming a major problem in China, and the government is often accused of downplaying the severity of the problem in metropolitan areas.

Earlier this month, China demanded the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to stop publishing air pollution readings, saying it was against diplomatic conventions and the law.

Check out some photos of the mysterious mushroom cloud below.

giant mushroom cloud beijing

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Russia’s Putin Visits Beijing: Friendly Neighbors or Strategic Competitors?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 11, 2011


Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (C) and China's Premier Wen Jiabao (L) inspect an honour guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 11, 2011 (Photo: Takuro Yabe / POOL / AFP)

Regular readers of stories from China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency know that relations between China and nearly every country whose leader visits Beijing merit a positive appraisal. “Malawi treasures its friendship with China and is grateful for China’s selfless support for Malawi’s national development,” gushed one Xinhua article last year, while another on Oct. 11 noted that “China and Namibia have become ‘all-weather’ friends.” Today, as Russia’s Vladimir Putin began a two-day trip to China accompanied by a 160-member delegation, a Xinhua op-ed piece proclaimed: “China-Russia cooperation conducive to a more balanced world.” The Chinese media group splashed “rarely-seen photos” of Putin and his family members of its website homepage, along with a link to a close-up of the Russian leader captioned: “Cute or cool, another face of Russian Prime Minister Putin.”

As evidence of this “more balanced world,” Xinhua pointed to China and Russia’s joint rejection of a U.N. draft resolution on Syria that would have condemned Damascus for its deadly crackdown on protestors. Xinhua also opined that “as key members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and leading emerging nations, China and Russia have played an important role in shaping a multipolar world and fostering democratization of international order.” The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a grouping of China, Russia and Central Asian nations that presents an alternate security alliance to NATO. Closer Russian-Chinese ties could provide a counterbalance to relations with the West.

Ahead of Putin’s China visit, some $7 billion in trade deals were discussed, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry. (China is now Russia’s top trading partner, and trade will likely surpass $70 billion this year.) Further economic cooperation is expected to be finalized during Putin’s China stop—the Russian Prime Minister’s first trip abroad since he announced a controversial leadership plan in which he would try to reclaim the more important title of President next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arniko, the Great Architect From Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 27, 2011

Nepal’s temples, stupas, and many more structures are examples of this nation being a former leader in architecture. 

Today’s generation sees Nepal as a poor country lacking high-tech and engineering skills. But Nepal’s past shows skilled manpower and a highly developed society. One example of this skilled manpower is Arniko, the greatest architect of Nepalese history.

Arniko was forced to live in China, where he drew great respect. He made lots of sculptural works which are still a great asset of China.

Nepalese author Satya Mohan Joshi who has researched Arniko said his works in China are really a great challenge to modern engineering. The works he did in the 13th century are unbelievable.

Nepalese history doesn’t have any proof of where in Nepal Arniko grew up. But Joshi claims Arniko was from Patan, a famous place for sculpture.

Many Nepali architects made statues of special historical importance. However, Arniko was the only one who became famous not only in Nepal but also in Tibet, China, Mongolia and as far as Indonesia.

During Arniko’s time, renowned Mongol emperor Kublai Khan was a great lover of art and architecture.

He wanted to build a golden stupa (a Buddhist shrine) in Lhasa for his teacher Pags-pa. In 1260, he decided to ask Nepal to send a skilled architect to supervise the work.  Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Security Chief Goes on Tour—How Is Asia Reacting?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 24, 2011

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Over the past week, as I’ve traveled across Asia, I’ve discovered an unlikely partner in my continental peregrinations:

China's Politburo Standing Committee Member Zhou Yongkang arrives for a meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 17, 2011. (Photo: Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters)

China’s security chief Zhou Yongkang. The senior Chinese envoy’s travels have taken him to Nepal, Laos, Cambodia and Tajikistan. The final stop is Mongolia, where Zhou is expected to head on Tuesday.

In Zhou’s wake, the narrative has tended to follow the same plot-line: first, China’s state media proclaims “mutually beneficial cooperation” and “longstanding friendship” between Beijing and the local government. Then a raft of trade deals or bequeathing of military goodies is announced. Finally, an undercurrent of unease follows, with regional analysts wondering about China’s growing economic and security might.

Last Saturday, Zhou was in Cambodia, where he met with Prime Minister Hun Sen. In addition to various mining, road-construction and farming deals, China has agreed to supply nearly $200 million in helicopters to Cambodia. Beijing is already the Southeast Asian nation’s largest foreign investor, and Hun Sen, who has quietly evolved into one of Asia’s longest-serving strongmen, has been vociferous in his support of China. His enthusiasm for Chinese largesse stands in marked contrast to his feelings toward Western donors who tend to attach pesky strings like human-rights commitments to their aid. The Phnom Penh Post quoted a local researcher worrying that “Cambodia will become subservient to China.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Biden calls for deeper US-China ties – Asia-Pacific

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 18, 2011

US Vice President Joe Biden has launched his visit to China by stressing the importance of strong US-China relations in maintaining a stable global economy.

“I would suggest that there is no more important relationship that we need to establish on the part of the US than a close relationship with China,” Biden said on Thursday ahead of talks with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, who is expected to succeed President Hu Jintao in 2013.

“I am absolutely confident that the economic stability of the world rests in no small part on cooperation between the US and China.”

The comments were made during a welcome ceremony in Beijing to mark the beginning of Biden’s five-day visit . Read the rest of this entry »

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Another Chinese foundation plans to raise $ 3b to make Lumbini ‘magnet for Buddhists’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2011

Months after plans of a Chinese private sector company to invest Rs 8 billion to develop Lumbini as an International

Buddha Center hogged media headlines there comes news that a Chinese-backed foundation is planning to raise $ 3 billion to help Nepal develop Buddha’s birthplace.

According to Reuters, the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation plans to raise the aforesaid amount at home and abroad “to build temples, an airport, a highway, hotels, convention centres and a Buddhist university in the town of Lumbini.”

Interestingly, UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is the vice-chairman of the foundation which aims to transform Lord Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal “into a magnet for Buddhists in the same way as Mecca is to Muslims and the Vatican for Catholics”, the report adds.

The foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with Nepal government last month to jointly develop and operate Lumbini.

According to the report, the foundation also pledged to bring communications, water and electricity to Lumbini.

“Lumbini will transcend religion, ideology and race. We hope to rejuvenate the spirit of Lord Buddha,” Xiao Wunan, a devout Buddhist who is executive vice president of the foundation, told the news agency.

The development of Lumbini will also help boost government revenues, create jobs and improve infrastructure in the impoverished corner of Nepal, the report cited the memorandum as stating. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fine-tuning unknowns

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 7, 2011

By Bunn Nagara

Perhaps inevitably, China’s rising impact has now spread to the agenda of international conferences.

THE more the international strategic scenario changes, the less any presumption about change holds up.

Consider the giant in the hall, China, and perceptions about its rise buzz and flit incessantly. And so it was at the 25th Asia-Pacific Roundtable organised by ISIS Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur over the week.

In opening the conference involving non-government security specialists, independent analysts and government officials in a private capacity, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin talked about “equi­proximity” in maintaining balanced relations between the US and China.

Cementing ties: Muhyiddin and the Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah being greeted by participants of the 25th Asia-Pacific Roundtable.

The concept is not new, having been practised by others like Nepal between China and India, and Russia between the US and China. The point, however, is that equiproximity is seen as more positive than equidistance for all concerned.

From Muhyiddin’s keynote speech on, it was China at centre stage for much of the day and beyond in the three-day conference. Read the rest of this entry »

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WikiLeaks: Kevin Rudd warned of need to be ready to use force against China

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 6, 2010

The United States and Australia should be “prepared to deploy force” against China, if moves to assimilate the superpower into the international community backfired, then-Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned.

By Bonnie Malkin in Sydney and Malcolm Moore in Shanghai

The comment was made during discussions between Mr Rudd and Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state last year,

Kevin Rudd said he was 'a brutal realist' when it came to China, which is Australia's biggest trading partner Photo: EPA

according to one of the leaked cables.

Over lunch in Washington, Mr Rudd, a former diplomat to Beijing and a fluent Mandarin speaker, said he was “a brutal realist” when it came toChina, which is Australia’s biggest trading partner.

He described Chinese leaders as “paranoid” and “sub-rational” over Taiwan and Tibet and said that President Hu Jintao was “no (predecessor) Jiang Zemin”.

Mr Rudd called for “integrating China effectively into the international community and allowing it to demonstrate greater responsibility, all while also preparing to deploy force if everything goes wrong”.

He also said his vision for an Asia-Pacific Community was primarily an attempt to contain Chinese influence. Read the rest of this entry »

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एसियाडमा नेपाललाई दिपकले दिलाए पहिलो पदक

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 25, 2010

काठमाडौं, मंसिर ८ – चीनको गोन्जाउमा जारी १६ औं एसियाडमा बक्सिङ खेलाडी दीपक महर्जनले बुधबार कांस्य पदक जितेका छन् । उनी भारतीय बक्सर दिनेश कुमारसँग ७-१ ले पराजित भए ।

मच्छेगाउँका दीपकले थाइ च्याम्पियन सुकुम क्रिनगकाइलाई हराउँदै सेमीफाइनल प्रवेश गरेका थिए । सेमीफाइनल यात्रा तय गरेपछि कम्तीमा कांस्य जित्ने निश्चित थियो ।

पछिल्लोपटक सन् १९९० मा चीनको बेइजिङमा भएको एसियाली खेलकुदमा चित्रबहादुर गुरुङले मुलुकका लागि एउटा कांस्य दिलाएका थिए ।

Nepal has finally broken the medal-less jinx haunting it for several days at the ongoing 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Wednesday.

Boxer Deepak Maharjan won the bronze medal for Nepal despite losing to Dinesh Kumar of India in men’s 81 Kg semi-final bout Wednesday.

Maharjan had entered the semi-final round after defeating a Thai boxer. He was the only Nepali player to have confirmed a medal as of today. A win over India’s Dinesh Kumar would have confirmed at least a silver medal for Nepal.

Chitra Bahadur Gurung had previously won Nepal a bronze in men’s boxing in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, China.

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The 8 Sexiest Subway Systems In The World (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 21, 2010

I have been to Moscow, London, Parish, Beijing and Spain Metros. I think the Moscow one is the best.
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U.S., China begin talks with several thorny issues on the table

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 24, 2010

Beijing, China (CNN) — China and the United States kicked off two days of high-level talks Monday — with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking Beijing to support sanctions against North Korea, and Chinese President Hu Jintao showing a willingness to reform the yuan but offering no timetable.

Both sides agreed that the Strategic and Economic Dialogue is meant to come up with “win-win solutions, rather than zero-sum rivalries,” as Clinton put it at the opening of the talks.

But it is unclear how much progress the two countries will make on thornier issues, of which there is no shortage.

In her opening day remarks, Clinton praised China for supporting tough United Nations sanctions against Iran and said the same level of cooperation was needed against North Korea. Read the rest of this entry »

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